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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 06:09

Catholic Latinos are not only turning to evangelical and Pentecostal churches. Shweta Saraswat on those who are learning the spiritual practices of their indigenous ancestors such as the Aztecs, and those who are trying to do both.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 08:45

Krista dishes on cooking with the BBC. We remember Roger Ebert's smile. And thoughts on fear and grieving, the coming spring, and a culture of advocacy.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 05:58

With the election of Pope Francis, a Muslim cleric's call to "continue dialogue and strengthen relations with Muslims worldwide."

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 05:57

A short film, "Happy Life," elevates the everyday routines of ordinary people with the words of the Dalai Lama. A magical six minutes.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 05:31

During these days sacred to both Christians and Jews, a reflection on making space for recreating staid narratives and the new ones we all write together.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 05:15

“When we watch you, you make us proud to be Egyptian.” A working-class television chef has become a celebrity by building national pride with affordable regional recipes that applaud the new post-revolutionary Egyptian cultural identity.

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 11:59

What morsels of wisdom would you like to see captured from our show with Congressman Lewis? Tell us about it.

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 08:20

If we were to pick a line from the New Testament upon which to build a religion, surely this is it: “Friend, wherefore art thou come?”

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 07:47

Dealing with the dark side of the Passion story and Passover is integral to dealing with magnifications of real life and its nether sides. Martin Marty on Bach's bright side during Holy Week.

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 22:43

In the great lineage of American preachers stands the Rev. Dr. James Forbes. To watch him in action is to witness greatness. Do yourself a favor and see this charismatic minister thundering from the pulpit.

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Latest Interviews

April 17, 2014

"The soul is contained in the voice."

StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.

April 10, 2014

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

April 3, 2014

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

March 27, 2014

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how Western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

March 20, 2014

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.

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